Judges & Partners

We are delighted to work in collaboration with The Higgins Bedford and Bedford Creative Arts (BCA) on this project.

Our judges

Tom Perrett, The Higgins Bedford

Tom Perrett, The Higgins Bedford
Tom Perrett is Manager for Libraries & Culture for Bedford Borough Council, which includes responsibility as Curator for The Higgins Bedford, as well as for the Borough’s Library Service and Bedford Corn Exchange. He led on the redevelopment of the art gallery and museum, which aims to be a community hub that works both with and for local people. The museum has an impressive collection of works by Turner, Picasso, Bawden and a whole host of famous artists. The Higgins is proud to work in partnership with the Harpur Trust and to have exhibited the work of Bedford children as part of the project.

Elaine Midgley, CEO, Bedford Creative Arts

Elaine Midgley, CEO, Bedford Creative Arts

Elaine Midgley is Director of Bedford Creative Arts (BCA), an arts charity that has been producing art with the community for over 30 years in Bedfordshire. BCA’s vision is that all communities will have an outrageous sense of entitlement to the arts because they believe in its power as a tool for change and self-expression. BCA produces art projects in any art-form that address issues of social justice and supports place-making. Elaine has an MA in Arts Management and has worked in theatre, venue and outdoor arts since 2004 including delivering Arts Award and running a theatre company for young people. Elaine believes that art can transform people’s lives and she is delighted to see how young people are allowing their art to transform people, including themselves, through this exhibition.

Kelly Smith, Bedford College

Kelly Smith, Bedford College 

Both the Higgins and BCA are grant recipients and we gave £500,000 towards the costs of refurbishing the Higgins in 2013.